The Fladgate Partnership and U.S. importer Kobrand Wine & Spirits have released two new wine selections: Croft Quinta da Roêda 2012 and Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas 2012 Ports. The nose for the Croft Quinta is true to the Roêda style: a fruitiness combined with the resiny, musky redolence of wild herbs and gum cistus, the company says. However the year has placed this constituted wine at the elegant and subtle end of the Roêda spectrum, it adds. Blended with the typically jammy fruit are fresher notes of raspberry and apricot, and the palate is lifted by a crisp acidity and supported by dense, firm, sinewy tannins, the company says. The Taylor Fladgate Quinta offers pure woodland fruit aromas combined with notes of wild herbs, gum cistus and discreet hints of vanilla, it says. The floral scents include characteristic violet along with delicate blossom notes. Wiry tannins on the mid-palate provide plenty of grip and an attractive touch of austerity, it adds.
Kobrand Imports, Purchase, N.Y.